The launch of the magnifico series and other design classics from okha
I discovered the luxury artisanal brand OKHA last year at Decorex International where they showcased three of their signature pieces at the Staffan Tollgard Design Group stand. You have probably read in my previous article about the launch of the OKHA furniture collection in London
Based in Cape Town, South Africa, OKHA works hand-in-hand with some of the most talented South-African artists and artisans to create beautifully-crafted furniture and lighting, along with artisanal pieces and contemporary floor art.
Recently, they launched the Magnifico series - a pair of tables with geometric shapes and elegant finishes, composed of a side table and a coffee table which reflect the OKHA’s spirit, distinguished by craftsmanship and noble materials.
With tops in sumptuous South-African green marble or Mars red toned travertine and over-scaled, Brutalist wood legs, the ‘Magnifico’ tables are bold architectural pieces with a cosmic aura. The table tops have been designed to draw attention to the mesomorphic legs of the table - deliberately exposed beyond the table top edge to create a weight pushing down effect in a playful over-exaggeration.
Showcased last September at Staffan Tollgard Design Group stand during Decorex International in Syon Park, U.K., the iconic STM swivel armchair is a contemporary classic with post-modernist features which, nevertheless looks at home in the current context.
With a distinctive name which stands for SPEAK TO ME, the STM chair is the perfect balance between aesthetics and comfort. Its swivel base offers plenty of options for positioning and use and extends a subtle invitation to discovery, study and dialogue, which are customary at OKHA.
The STM armchair has a solid wood frame construction and dual density foam cushion which can be upholstered in either leather or fabric. The wood frame is available in high-quality finishes such as Ash, Walnut and a wide range of Oak finishes. The swivel can be replaced by legs for a more classic look.
BIJOU Side Table
Designer Adam Court describes the BIJOU side table as “the result of a fascination with eroded stone and gem forms found in nature as with a piece of bespoke jewellery. It is a play on asymmetry, reflection and the beauty of organic form.”
As its name evokes - "bijou" means “jewel” in French, the BIJOU table is an authentic jewellery piece for interiors with a radiant reflective glow, born from the rigorous craftwork of brass and tinted glass.
BIJOU has two shelves. The tinted glass top shelf does not fill the entire surface, thus creating two “windows” either side, which bear a resemblance to a gemstone mounted in precious metal. Its luxurious appearance is emphasised by the bottom shelf made of polished mirror brass which reflects any object placed above.
The BIJOU side table can be custom-made in oxidised and patinated brass finishes available or mirror polished stainless steel, mirror polished solid brass base with toughened glass insert top in clear, grey or bronze tint; the glass insert can be replaced with marble or granite of choice.
The Stone Rug Collection
For its rug collection, OKHA plays around with graphic and geometric symbols depicted from tribal African art, to create a striking visual language.
Stone Rug Collection combines six surprising designs developed around the triangle motif, with only one four-sided design named '“Traverse”. The rug is made of hand-tufted fine Himalayan wool and bamboo silk, which feels underfoot like an invitation to a voyage across the world.
Oblique echoes the traditional motifs of isiquaza - Zulu ear plugs, and the geometric symmetry in Xhosa beadwork. The rug has six edges and is distinguished by a striking design with an oblique black stripe that divides it in two, each half being defined by triangles of sophisticated colours such as petrol blue, silver grey and mustard.
Diamond features a symmetrical motif - two triangles bound point to point to create the shape of a cut diamond - another precious South-African symbol. Inspired by older Ndebele paintings in muted earthy colours such as ground ochres and clays, the Diamond rugs display refined tints of baby blues, dusty pinks, reds, olive greens & greys as well as taupe.
Born from the keen observation of the geometry of crystals and rocks as well as referencing tribal African motifs, the Stone Rug Collection is an abstract floor art epitomising Contemporary Africa.
The OKHA furniture collection is currently available at their Cape Town showroom
109 Hatfield Street, Gardens
Cape Town, 8001
+27 (0)21 461 7233 | www.okha.com
and in London at the design store of Staffan Tollgard Design Group
Grosvenor Waterside, Gatliff Road
London SW1W 8QN, UK
+44 (0) 2079526070 | www.tollgard.co.uk